According to reports in the French press, Crystal Palace are “very interested” in completing a summer move for Saint-Etienne midfielder Yann M’Vila, with the player himself also said to be keen on the prospect of a return to the Premier League.
Still just 27, the French international has long been seen as having the perfect game for the Premier League, leading to plenty of rumours over a possible move to Arsenal a few years ago. Instead of linking with Arsene Wenger and the Gunners, Yann moved from Rennes to Rubin Kazan back in early 2013, before going AWOL during the club’s 2013-14 winter break.
Over the next couple of years, M’Vila spent time on loan at both Inter Milan and Sunderland, with differing levels of success. Having initially expected to spend the entirety of the 2014-15 season with the Italians, the Frenchman fell out with Inter boss Roberto Mancini, resulting in the termination of his short-term stay in January of 2015.
That summer, the defensive midfielder made the switch to Sunderland on another season-long loan, making a far more positive impact with the Black Cats than he ever managed in Serie A. Over the course of the 2015-16 campaign, Yann made 40 appearances for Sunderland, before expressing a desire to make his stay with them a permanent one. Sadly for the then 25-year-old, it was a deal that would never be finalised, forcing him to return to Rubin Kazan over the summer of 2016.
After a roller-coaster five years with the Russian club, M’Vila was released from his contract, leaving him free to sign short-term deal with Ligue Un side Saint Etienne, where he remains to this day. Whilst plenty may be a tad worried about his past, the midfield man’s technical attributes leave clubs such as ours interested in securing his services, particularly when you consider the potential loss of both Yohan Cabaye and Ruben Loftus-Cheek from our first-team squad between May and August.
For now, the story remains nothing more than a rumour, (albeit a feasible one) if any further developments occur, I’ll do my best to update you as quickly as possible.